Defense Outscores Offense in Red-White Game on Saturday
April 24, 2010
The spring football season came to an end on Saturday at Robertson Stadium, as the White Team outscored the Red Team, 72-52, in front of several thousand Cougar fans under cloudless skies and low humidity.
Using a point system that allowed the defense (White Team) to score points with turnovers (5), 3 & Outs (2), stops (1), sacks (2), touchdowns (6) and 4th down stops (3), the Houston defense used its 11 sacks and four turnovers to turn the tables on the Cougar offense.
Despite the defensive spotlight, the Cougar offense churned out some yards and some points in the process, too, generating 605 yards passing and an additional 103 on the ground. Heisman Trophy candidate Case Keenum completed 11-of-18 his attempts for 164 yards and two touchdowns, hooking up with sophomore Charles Sims from 29 yards out and then finding junior Patrick Edwards for 35 yards and a score.
UH head coach Kevin Sumlin feels pretty good about Keenun's progress this spring.
"He's got to keep doing what he's doing and continue to improve and be honest with himself every week' Sumlin said. "It's hard to ask a guy who has led the country in total offense two years in a row to be better. He can't force things. The offense is coming to him and other players are rising to his play to take the pressure off of him.
"We've surrounded him with other playmakers. He needs to be a leader and be efficient and just play. He doesn't have to do any more or any less than last year. He knows what it takes to win. He's played long enough and studied enough tape. I'll put it this way - his expectation levels are a lot higher than most realize and even some of the coaches realize."
The Houston defensive was passed by the eight tackles racked up by sophomore Jeffery Lewis, and sophomore Kelvin King has proved he has settled in quite nicely at his new position as outside linebacker, posting two sacks and six total tackles.
Senior Matangi Tonga racked up a game-high three sacks on the afternoon, while seniors Loyce Means and Jamal Robinson recorded two of the interceptions, and junior walk-on Brian Williams had a 38-yard interception for a touchdown.
Junior running Bryce Beall started the offensive scoring with an eight-yard touchdown run. Beall finished with 34 yards on five carries. Sophomore Chris Wilson had the only rushing score, as he burst through the line and the bounced off a few defenders en route to a 26-yard score.
For the second straight week senior wide receiver Kierrie Johnson continued to steal the spotlight, as he led all receivers with 150 yards and two touchdowns on just seven catches. He had a 51-yard score from junior Cotton Turner, and followed that up with an 11-yard strike from sophomore Crawford Jones.
Houston is off the rest of the spring to concentrate on finals. Camp opens again in early August, with the season opener on Sept. 4 versus Texas State at Robertson Stadium.